DeMar DeRozan In Line For Max Extension?

According to Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs have not ruled out the possibility of offering four-time NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan a maximum contract extension, which DeRozan became eligible for on July 14.

Per Finger, despite some outside speculation that DeRozan could be used as trade bait this offseason, the Spurs generally value the 30-year-old shooting guard’s presence in San Antonio and want to keep him around.

DeRozan’s current contract runs through the 2020/21 season, so a maximum contract extension would put DeRozan under contract with the Spurs through the 2023/24 campaign.

As for the value of the potential new contract, DeRozan’s salary for both the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons is approximately $27.7MM, so a max extension would see DeRozan earn $33.3MM, $36MM, and $38.6MM per season from the 2021/22 season to the end of the contract.

The total value of the new five-year contract would be $163,332,973, which just exceeds the value of Kristaps Porzingis‘ five-year contract with the Mavericks but falls short of Khris Middleton‘s new five-year contract with the Bucks.

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26 thoughts on “DeMar DeRozan In Line For Max Extension?

  1. afsooner02

    Spurs would be stupid to pay him that….he’s a fringe top 50 player at best.

    • padam

      While I agree they’d be foolish to pay him that, fringe top 50? That’s a bit extreme.

  2. mikey

    I hope he can improve his 3 for that type of money. I mean he’s good, but for that amount of money who can’t shoot the three…I don’t know. Especially since he’s in his 30’s

  3. x%sure

    One less player to bid on next year.

    Popovich doesn’t mind a 2pt shooter.

    • SheltonMatthews

      He’s already under contract for next year too, this would be a 3-year extension onto those two years.

      • x%sure

        He has an opt-out. If the Spurs don’t extend at the max rate, Derozan would opt out of 2020/21 for sure to get an extra maybe $5MM with a fresh contract, and assuming he stays healthy, 5 more years.
        If he takes an extension offer, he would be turning that down to get 3 more max years more certainly.

  4. Buckman

    League Averages:
    Pts per 2 Pt Attempt: 1.04
    Pts per 3 Pt Attempt: 1.07
    FT per FGA: 0.259
    True Shooting %: 0.560
    DeRozan
    Pts per 2 Pt Attempt: 0.98
    Pts per 3 Pt Attempt: 0.47
    FT per FGA: 0.336
    True Shooting %: 0.542

    I would say he peaked in 2016-17 and in decline. He is below average in Off. efficiency stats due to his lack of 3 pt shooting. He gets to the foul line more often then average but that will go down with age. Giving him a big contract extension is a big mistake. DeRozan should heed the words of the Great Basketball Philosopher, D’Angelo Russell: “Threes are obviously worth more than twos at the end of the day.”

  5. DynamiteAdams

    Spurs would be smart to restructure if they can’t make a good playoff run this year maybe still if they do. Their two best players are on the wrong side of 30 and their young players aren’t all stars.

  6. phillyballers

    Yea… pass. if you were paying him the 0-6yr max sure, not the 7-9 or the 10+ yr max.

  7. Tazza

    DeRozens scoring relies so much on being more athletic than his opponent and getting to the rim. Not to mention he can’t hit 3s consistently, he goes missing in clutch moments, and he is also getting old now. There’s no way you should be paying him max with this style of play. Murray White and Walker are the guards that should get most the minutes and they are better off trading DeRozen for younger assets. Aldridge is already thing about a return to the Blazers, it’s better to go young now that be forced into a situation.
    I can see a few possible trades.
    Drummond for DeRozen
    Parsons and Reddish for DeRozen
    Winslow and Olynyk for DeRozen
    Wiggins and Okogie for DeRozen
    It’s just the fact he’s likely to opt out or get well over paid that hurts his value. But the fact he’s not a leader and can’t hit 3s. Spurs should be after a young forward to start the youth movement

  8. greg1

    That’s funny Curtisrowe, I would not had noticed Tazza had spelt it incorrectly until you pointed that out.

    If Pop wants to wind down his years coaching a 48-50 win team who gets bounced in the first or second round, then I guess you resign Derozan. He’s a one dimensional scorer who doesn’t play D, even though his length and athleticism suggests he should be good at it. Letting him walk, or dealing him for any asset + expiring deal the Spurs can get is the right course of action right now.

    With Pop only coaching another year or two before hanging it up though, Spurs won’t want to subject him to a rebuild, meaning it’s likely that they keep and even potentially extend him.

    • Tazza

      If they keep/extend him it’s just going to leave a bad contract to deal with once Pop goes.
      It’s not like they need a full rebuild they already have Murray, White, Walker, Johnson, Poelt and stuff. Murray (22) was an all defensive 2nd team player who averaged 8p6r3a in 20 minutes. White just made the US team and dropped 36 in the playoffs against the Nuggets. Walker was almost the summer league MVP this year. They are better off cashing in on DeRozan while his value is good and getting back some good assets.

      • JonnyLucas

        Nope. That’s not a team that gets out of the first round. They have to rebuild.

  9. JonnyLucas

    I know the Spurs likes solid vets who are great in the locker room, but no way am I giving him max money.

    • x%sure

      Somebody else will. Shifting to the 3 increases his value and the market will be thin.

  10. IslandFlava

    It doesn’t seem that much money for a guy that had a great season last year with 21/6/6, seems rather cheap worst players are paid more, so he can’t shoot the 3 so… what? He still is a great player that performs always, is coming off probably his best season in the league, so you getting an all-NBA player at a decent price, great deal for San Antonio. Anyway FA’s don’t seem to wanna go to San Antonio, can’t see they can get a better player anyway.

    • Tazza

      The Max ain’t no cheap deal. DeRozan relies so heavily on his athleticism to score that as he gets older he will break down and die off quickly. Look at DRose and John Wall for example. Both of these players play an athletic game have/will miss serious time with injuries and not be the same player. If you pay him the max now he might be good for a year and a half but at 35 you don’t want to be paying him 40 mill. Yes the spurs won’t get another good free agent signing but it’s better to trade DeRozan for something now than let him walk for free or pay him buckets forever

      • IslandFlava

        21/6/6 are monster numbers, so of course he will go downhill but… not yet, he is coming out of a historic season, probably his best he is got easily 2-3 good years, age is not the factor it used to be before, look at LBJ his 27/9/8 at age 34 are unprecedented, but now players last better & longer than ever before, so I personally give him the money, 163/5 isn’t that much anyway now in 5 years it will be a cheap contract with the cap that will be then.

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